Rabiot: 'Mentally strong'

The second-most used outfield player this season by coach Unai Emery, Adrien Rabiot spoke to PSG.FR about this week's UEFA Champions League clash away to Real Madrid.

Adrien, the match against Real Madrid is up next... What do you remember about the last time we played them?
"The match in Madrid two years ago remains a great memory for me, despite the loss. We lost 1-0, but we really played very well and we really enjoyed it. In terms of the football, it was one of our best performances of the season. I came on in the first half to replace Verratti who was injured. It was a tough time in the game, but it went really well. I really loved playing in that stadium. We haven't been back since, so we can't wait to get there and we know it's going to be a big game."

Rabiot: 'Mentally strong'

Paris deserved better that day...
"We didn't deserve to lose. We played really well and really gave Real Madrid the run around on their own turf, and not everyone can do that. We created a lot of chances, we were focused and played some really attractive football... We showed that day that Paris could play an important role in European football...."

Do you think the team is better equipped for the Champions League this season?
"We are better equipped insofar as the club recruited some more great players. But there is also a very important psychological side to these matches. We know that it's a very different competition to the Ligue 1 or the domestic Cups, and the same goes for both teams. We approach these games differently, the pressure is different too. Obviously the talent and hard work both count, but you need to be mentally strong to get the result in these Champions League matches. I have no doubt that is what cost us the previous years. We need to be psychologically ready."

Rabiot: 'Mentally strong'

You are the second-most used player this season after Edi Cavani...
"That's proof that the coach is counting on me. He thinks I'm an important player for the squad and that I'm doing the job on the pitch. If I wasn't, I wouldn't be playing so much. I'm very happy. It's a great achievement to be playing so much in a team as good as this one."

Do you think you've taken another step up this year?
"I feel like I improve every year. But most of all, I have the feeling that my performances are more and more consistent and that was my priority this season, the same way last season was better than the season before that. A players aim, and for anyone in life, is to keep progressing. That's what I look to do and that's what Paris Saint-Germain helps me achieve."